In Colorado, Paonia remains a coal town, even if several mines have shut down. But those gathered at the Engage energy conference recently were looking to a future beyond coal. Many innovations are underway, said speakers, and more are afoot, with excitement clearly palpable.
Taos-based Kit Carson Electric in July began production from a solar farm near the Angle Fire ski area in northern New Mexico. Financed by Guzman Energy, the co-operative is pushing toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy. It expects to meet daylight needs from renewable sources by 2022.
Tri-State Generation & Transmission boasts of having the most solar generation of any G&T in the United States. But whether it’s shifting to renewables adn allow enough local generation has become a central issue with several of the 43 member cooperatives.